Transylvania men's soccer tallies six goals in Senior Day shutout of Bluffton

Pioneer seniors celebrating

Lexington, Ky. – Five members of the Transylvania men's soccer team scored as the Pioneers cruised to a dominating 6-0 victory on Senior Day over the Bluffton University Beavers at Pat Deacon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Transylvania overpowered Bluffton from the start on Saturday. The Pioneers outshot the Beavers 29-4 and held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Following a Bluffton own goal in the 27th minute that occurred via a dangerous cross by Mitchell Crispin, the Pioneers extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Devin Craig that was set up by a beautiful cross through the box from Charlie Wend. Less than a minute later, a strike from Alec Coomes pushed the score to 3-0. The score was the first of Coomes' career.

The outpouring continued in the 37th minute when Max Nusbacher  received a pass from Crispin and blasted a shot past the Bluffton goalkeeper, pushing the margin to 4-0 in favor of Transylvania.

With just under five minutes to go in the first half, Coomes connected with Eddy Andrade, who tallied his second goal of the season and pushed the Transylvania lead to 5-0. 

In the second half, the Pioneers wrapped up the 6-0 victory with a scoring strike from Alex Shkraba in the 60th minute. The goal was Shkraba's fourth of the season as the senior left his contest with an additional moment to savor.

Transylvania goalkeepers Drew Grisham and Gino Arena each played 45 minutes in the Pioneers' shutout of Bluffton. Grisham, one of six seniors receiving tribute on Saturday, recorded one diving save in the first half before being replaced by Arena in the second period.

Following the win, Transylvania's record moves to 9-6 on the season and 6-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference while the Beavers fall to 6-11 overall and 1-6 in league play.

The Pioneers will be back in action on Wednesday, October 30, for their final home game of the season. Transylvania will host the Franklin College Grizzlies for a 7:00 p.m. start at Pat Deacon Stadium.

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